Czech Republic takes bronze at Worlds with 3-2 victory over Finland
|Michael Frolik will take home a bronze medal from the 2012 IIHF World Championship after the Czech Republic defeated Finland 3-2 Sunday.|
The Czech Republic scored three times in the first period and never backed down, beating co-host Finland 3-2 to claim the bronze medal at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.
Petr Prucha started the scoring , capitalizing on the Czechs' first power play of the game, deflecting the puck into the Finnish goal 12:17 into the game. Mika Pyörälä pulled Finland even less than five minutes later, but two quick tallies by Jiri Novotny on a wraparound and David Krejci—following a great passing sequence with Ales Hemsky—gave the Czech Republic a commanding two-goal lead at the end of the first period.
The middle frame featured back and forth play but few scoring chances for either team, and the Czechs maintained their 3-1 margin.
The Finns stormed back, peppering Czech goalie Jakub Stepanek with a barrage of shots and finally breaking through at 9:01 of the third period with a Jussi Jokinen wrister on the man advantage. Despite outshooting the Czech Republic 15-1 in the final 20 minutes, Finland could not close the gap, and the Czechs emerged victorious.
Blackhawks winger Michael Frolik was held without a point after scoring in yesterday's 3-1 loss to Slovakia, and registered two shots on goal in 12:52 of ice time in the bronze medal game. Frolik finished the tournament with three points (2G, 1A) in 10 appearances and an even plus/minus rating, and played an average of 13:23 per game. He also paced the Czech Republic with 29 shots on goal and was named Best Player once.